Posts Tagged ‘AANP’

As many of my readers here at Cartagena Surgery and my sister sites know – I came to the National Conference to present a poster on “Use of Social Media to Promote Specialty Practice.”

presenting my poster at the 27th AANP conference

The poster is about how the thoracic surgery website brings together thoracic surgery professionals (surgeons, NPs, PAs, Respiratory therapists) from around the world and how it connects patients with credible but easily understandable information.

While I was there – I got the chance to meet some of the other presenters.

Tulay Cakiner-Egilmez, ANP is an ophthalmology nurse practitioner at the Boston Veteran’s Administration.  She was presenting a poster talking about performing eye exams and screening for glaucoma and other eye conditions.   My poster was next to hers, so we were able to talk in-between visitors. She’s been a nurse practitioner for three years, but has worked in the field of ophthalmology for over 25 years so she has a lot of great experience!

Tulay Cakiner-Egilmez, ANP

Debbie Kantor, MSN, ARNP and Lt. Sherrin Whiteman, MA from Hero, Inc. had a great presentation so I wanted to be sure to mention them since they may be a good resource for our readers.   They were talking about “Health Education to Reduce Obesity” and their mobile patient / community health education program.

Sherrin Whiteman, MA and Debbie Kantor, ARNP, MSN of Mobile Hero provide health education to reduce obesity

They run a pretty cool program with a nurse practitioner, a fitness instructor and other health educators who travel around to different communities to provide people with information about fitness, exercise, diet and healthy eating to prevent/ reduce obesity and promote wellness.

Brenda Reed, DNP, FNP-BC, RN presents information of genetic screening and referrals for Ovarian and Breast Cancer

Dr. Brenda Reed, DNP, FNP-BC, RN is an absolutely delightful nurse practitioner who is on the nursing faculty at Texas Christian University (Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences) presented a wonderful poster on the genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancers.  Not only was the poster visually stunning, but she presented a lot of great information.  I really enjoyed talking to her.  (I’m not sure if they give awards at the end of the conference for ‘best poster presentation’ but my bet is on Dr. Reed.)

I ran into one of my favorite professors from Vanderbilt. Dr. Joan King, PhD, ACNP-BC, RN (almost literally – I was a bit lost in thought at the time).  She was (and is) the director of the acute care nurse practitioner program.  She was lecturing at the conference, and surprisingly, remembered me immediately.  (It’s been more years than I care to admit and the Vanderbilt School of Nursing is a large school so I was very flattered that she recognized me.)

Lastly, I was thrilled to meet Dave Mittman, PA.  He’s the founder of Clinician 1 which is an online website/ community for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  He’s really down to earth and charming in person, and didn’t seem to mind taking a few moments to talk to me.

with Dave Mittman, PA and founder of Clinician 1


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Orlando, Florida –

AANP President, Angela Golden addresses a packed house

The new AANP president, Angela Golden was here to cut the ribbon and officially open the conference.

at the ‘Spanish for Nurse Practitioners” course

Away from Mexicali this week for the 27th annual American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference.  It’s been a fun couple of days; meeting and talking with nurse practitioners from several different countries and talking about issues in nursing.

The Nurse Practitioner  – International

Wedsnesday, I sat in on an international NP meeting with NPs from Canada, the UK, and New Zealand.  There was also a NP who is working in India, trying to promote advanced practiced nursing.  There are several more sessions on the role and status of NPs in other countries – so I will be updating this section over the next few days.

NPs are pretty new to the scene in all of these countries –

the UK recognized its first fifteen NPs in 1991, and continues to struggle with role recognition and role protection there.  The moderator of the meeting, who is one of the original British NPs explained that there is no restriction or requirements for a nurse to call themselves an NP,  whether they have qualified as an NP or not.

New Zealand first recognized NPs in 2003, and currently boasts 103 formally recognized nurse practitioners.  Currently, New Zealand has no established nurse practitioner specific master’s program or clinically based requirements, so that will be one of their growing pains..

Canada – is the newest of the bunch – but appears to leading the way – with Family nurse practitioners and a new acute care nurse practitioner program.   Unfortunately, much like the United States – each individual province has different licensure requirements (which are time-consuming and expensive).  Unlike the USA, despite a huge need for NPs – there are few jobs available due to the relative lack of private employment opportunities.  (The majority of positions are government-funded.)

(There are NPs in other parts of Europe, but none of their representatives were present.)

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